ENGIE signs an agreement for the development of renewable energies in Senegal.
ENGIE, ANER partner to promote clean energy in Senegal

ENGIE has signed a partnership with ANER, the National Renewable Energies Agency in Senegal, to accelerate the development of renewable energies in the country.

2 hours ago

'Intrusive' Oracle plans put on hold
'Intrusive' Oracle plans put on hold

Cape Town planners have been sent back to the drawing board in a five-year battle over the "intrusive" addition of four floors to a city centre building.

5 hours ago

A lightweight material that is 10 times stronger than steel
A lightweight material that is 10 times stronger than steel

In its two-dimensional form, graphene is thought to be the strongest of all known materials. Translating that two-dimensional strength into useful three-dimensional materials has not been possible, until now. By compressing and fusing flakes of graphene, researchers at MIT have designed a strong yet lightweight material that is ten times stronger than steel and has a density of just 5%.

By Lolita Pukwana 5 hours ago

RICS global Mentor of the Year 2016 announced
RICS global Mentor of the Year 2016 announced

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has awarded chartered building surveyor Anil Singh Rana Mentor of the Year 2016. Rana is associate project manager for UK-based Capital Property and Construction Consultants.

2 days ago

BIM Institute to host BIM BAM BOOM workshop in Durban
BIM Institute to host BIM BAM BOOM workshop in Durban

The Building Information Modelling (BIM) Institute will host a BIM BAM BOOM (Building Information Modelling, Building Assembly Modelling, Building Owner Operator Model) workshop for architects, engineers and other building professionals at the Durban International Convention Centre from 22-23 February 2017.

3 days ago

2016/2017 PPC Imaginarium Awards judges announced
2016/2017 PPC Imaginarium Awards judges announced

Now in its third year, the PPC Imaginarium Awards has assembled some of the industry's most influential creatives on the national and regional judging panel who will evaluate the various category submissions, choose category finalists and the overall winner.

12 Jan 2017

Expect the unexpected when it comes to décor trends in 2017
Expect the unexpected when it comes to décor trends in 2017

In a fast-paced, electronic world, trends from around the globe are reaching South Africa far quicker nowadays, even more so when it comes to décor and design.

By Richard Smith 12 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: HVAC and building efficiency
#BizTrends2017: HVAC and building efficiency

In heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and the building efficiency arena, the biggest trend drivers are the entrance of digital and wireless. They have become part of commonplace products, from air conditioning to building management systems and office printers, creating a layer of systems and devices that are connected to each other and to the cloud ... and it's changing everything radically.

By Neil Cameron 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Reinvention predicted in the field of architecture
#BizTrends2017: Reinvention predicted in the field of architecture

In many professional fields, the explosion of multimedia options have given the public an array of resources and 'wisdom' on architecture, medicine, IT and graphics, to name a few. One can now self-diagnose on the internet and purchase medicines over the counter, and also create one's own web page and business cards through downloadable programmes and apps.

By Kevin Bingham 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Agility, technology and investing in the African market
#BizTrends2017: Agility, technology and investing in the African market

A devastating drought, local political uncertainty and ongoing global macro-economic instability have placed many businesses on the back foot as they go into the New Year.

11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Sustainable architectural practice in the space of engagement
#BizTrends2017: Sustainable architectural practice in the space of engagement

Architecture has more to offer the South African context than ever before, largely due to the opportunities offered by transformative development frameworks. One important framework, in the context of architectural practice, is the National Development Plan (NDP), which identifies spatial transformation as one of its key objectives.

By Yashaen Luckan 11 Jan 2017

Concave roof design collects rainwater to cool the interior
Concave roof design collects rainwater to cool the interior

Developed by Iranian firm BMDesign Studio, the concave and domed double roof was created specifically for arid regions. These regions experience high temperatures and rapid rates of evaporation, leaving water scarce.

By Lolita Pukwana 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Water recycling, re-use and sustainability
#BizTrends2017: Water recycling, re-use and sustainability

Stats SA indicated in 2013 that 90.8% of South African households have piped water to their dwellings. On 18 November 2015, Zandile Mathe of the Department of Water and Sanitation indicated that 30% (248) municipal waste water treatment plants are in critical state. This indicates that although SA has made huge leaps in provision of clean water, there is still a significant amount of untreated sewage contaminating our water courses.

By Theunis Coetzer 11 Jan 2017